Emergency Medical Services

Paramedic Certificate Courses

Award: Certificate
Required number of credits: 35
Enrollment Status: Full-time only
Program Start: Fall, Spring, Summer

The Paramedic program requires a mix of general education and hands-on courses. The following list of courses is the suggested sequence of study for a full-time student.

When registering for classes refer to your Program Evaluation to see your specific program requirements and ensure proper registration.

Required Background Screenings

Prior to the first day of classes, you will be required to complete:

  • drug screening,
  • a criminal background check,
  • sex offender registry,
  • child abuse registry, and
  • dependent adult registry.

Failing a drug screening or background check will result in dismissal from the program.

Required Certification

Prior to the first day of classes, you will be required to be a certified emergency medical technician (EMT) and present a certificate from the Iowa Bureau of EMS.

Program Course Note

You must achieve a minimum "C" grade in all courses that are required to complete the program.

2015–2016 Suggested Sequence of Study and Course Cost

Courses and course cost calculations are subject to change.

Semester 1
EMS541 Clinical I 3 $581.50
EMS619 Airway and Patient Assessment 4 $675.00
EMS641 Introduction to Paramedicine 3 $677.50
EMS671 Paramedic Pharmacology/Pathophysiology 3 $584.50
EMS678 Traumatic Emergencies for the Paramedic 3 $478.50

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Total Credits 16
Semester 2
EMS546 Clinical II 3 $478.50
EMS650 Medical and Psychological Emergencies 4 $638.00
EMS674 Cardiology for the Paramedic 4 $638.00
EMS677 Special Populations for the Paramedic 4 $638.00

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Total Credits 15
Semester 3
EMS655 Transition to Paramedic Practice 4 $763.00

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Total Credits 4

Course Cost Calculation:
2015–2016 resident tuition and fees x course credits + course fee if applicable.

The course cost calculation does not include:

Program Contacts

Administrative Secretary

Amy Rieck
Health Education and Services Center 222
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Program Coordinator/Advisor

John Cockrell
Health Education and Services Center 222D
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Program Faculty

Greg Helmuth
Health Education and Services Center 222C
319-296-2329 ext.1401
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Bryan Renfro
Black Hawk Hall 102
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